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Aston Martin Valkyrie - god-like
Aston Martin Valkyrie - god-like
Posted: June 1st 2017
By: Sam Bisby

A revolution is brewing at Aston Martin, and its name is Valkyrie. The hypercar will set a new standard of performance when fully released to the world in 2019 and continue the fine tradition of Aston Martin ‘V’ cars.

The Valkyrie is being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, with key input from one of Formula 1’s most brilliant minds, Adrian Newey. Aston Martin will also work with some of the best companies in the industry and beyond to ensure the Valkyrie is a force to be reckoned with.

What’s in a name

Originally labelled the AM-RB 001, the Valkyrie takes its name from ancient Norse mythology, the Valkyrie being a group of female figures who choose who may live and who may die in battle.

Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, commented on the name: “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods, are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”

Great minds

The Valkyrie benefits from having one of the greatest names in car design and another from Formula 1 working on the project, those being Reichman and Newey respectively. As a result, the Valkyrie has been given the best chance of becoming one of the most exciting and capable machines ever produced for the road.

Not only that, but Aston Martin has congregated other great names to make the Valkyrie great. Taking a key place in the development of the car is Cosworth who will supply the 6.5-litre V12 engine. This powerplant is to be coupled with a lightweight hybrid battery system to boost both power and efficiency. Ricardo, meanwhile, has designed and manufactured the Valkyrie’s seven-speed paddle-shift transmission.

One of the most vital features of the Valkyrie will be its tyres, and Aston Martin has teamed up with Michelin to create a new tyre that will be designed to cope with the Valkyrie’s high levels of downforce.

Valkyrie

One for the road, one for the track

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing are developing two versions of the Valkyrie, one for the road and another solely for track use. The latter will be where Red Bull and Newey’s expertise come into very good use, with this version of the car set to feature even more aggressive aero parts than the road-based Valkyrie, while also ditching some features of the road car that aren’t required on track.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has commented that the Valkyrie will be “able to to lap the Silverstone circuit as quick or quicker than an F1 or LMP1 car”. Something no doubt everyone would like to see the Valkyrie be capable of.

Meanwhile, Newey has revealed his long-standing desire to create a road car, as well commenting on the excitement of being able to translate F1 technology onto the road.

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